The yuletide season has come to life in Lagos with the 2021 Zenith Bank Christmas Light-Up
Ceremony, which held at the Ajose Adeogun Street Roundabout, Victoria Island, Lagos, on
Saturday, November 20 2021.
With the theme “Let There Be Light”, this year marks the 15th edition of the traditional Light-up
Ceremony at the Ajose Adeogun Roundabout. Following the onset of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
pandemic, which stopped the annual event from holding last year, this year’s ceremony is indeed a
momentous and significant one as it signals the return of what could be described as a spectacle
that has come to be recognized by not only Lagosians but Nigerians in general as an iconic place
and tourist attraction because of the beautiful decorations adorning the length and breadth of Ajose
Adeogun Street – home to Zenith Bank’s Headquarters, during the yuletide season.
The official lighting ceremony, which was performed by the Group Managing Director/CEO of
Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu, supported by Executive Management, saw thousands
of the Bank’s staff and customers joining virtually and through the Bank’s social media platforms.
Speaking during the ceremony, Onyeagwu praised Quantum, the company responsible for the
annual decorations, for the very outstanding, gorgeous and extremely beautiful work that they have
done this year. In his words, “each year when we come in, and we see the decorations, I keep
asking myself what next? Would there be something better than what we have seen and I see that
at the end of every season, they come up with innovations and creativity, and they make it even far
better and take it to a higher level”.
Onyeagwu expressed his delight that this year’s Light-up Ceremony is able to hold following the
cancellation of last year’s edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the EndSARS protests.
According to him, “last year was a very unusual year. Covid threw a curveball at humanity, and as
a result, it changed the way we engaged and the way we live; it transformed so many other things,
and as a country, we had some unique challenges. As a result of those challenges, especially the
EndSARS protest, last year we couldn’t light up, not because there was no money. It was because
we had to grapple with Covid-19, and again during the EndSARS protest, the fittings that we
employ in having this light-up were terribly vandalized, and it required time and resources for us to
put it together.
We didn’t want to have any undue exposure or create vulnerability. Therefore we
had to allow time to put the fittings back, and as soon as we have put it back, here we are today”.
He noted that Zenith Bank is very happy to be able to reconnect with activating the spirit of
Christmas, with the return of the annual turning on of the Christmas lighting and the decorations .
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